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How to Reheat a Chick-fil-A Sandwich

Learn how to reheat a Chick-fil-A sandwich at home the quick and easy way! Whether you choose the microwave, air fryer, oven, or stovetop method, you’re sure to end up with a delicious leftovers that taste as good as the day you ordered!

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Wanna enjoy your leftover chicken sandwich the next day, but not sure how to reheat it? We’ve got you covered! Read more about the best methods of warming up your leftovers, along with plenty of tips to get the same delicious taste and crispy texture.

Who doesn’t love those delicious original Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches?! But I hate when the leftovers are weird and soggy. The lettuce and tomato turns slimy, the chicken is no longer crispy, and the bread turns tough! Well, I’ve discovered four simple and effective methods to reheat your leftover Chick-fil-A sandwich to perfection right in your own kitchen. No more sogginess, just hot, crispy goodness!

The Best Way to Reheat a Chick-fil-A Sandwich

Reheating a Chick-fil-A Sandwich is as simple as 1-2-3. With these step-by-step instructions, you can enjoy the same crispy chicken, pillowy bun, and flavorful toppings every time.

Here are a few tips for the best results:

  • Before reheating your Chick-fil-A sandwich, allow it to reach room temperature. Simply leave it out on the counter for approximately 30 minutes to an hour to ensure even heating throughout.
  • When it’s time to reheat, use aluminum foil—it’s the secret weapon for preserving moisture and preventing your sandwich from drying out. Wrap your sandwich securely in aluminum foil before reheating to lock in the flavors and maintain its deliciousness.
  • Remove the condiments, before reheating. The condiments and toppings will not maintain their quality during the reheating process. Simply use a butter knife to scrape off any sauces from the bun and discard the tomato and lettuce.

Air Fryer Method (recommended!)

The air fryer is by far the best option for reheating a chicken fillet that is crispy and moist while keeping the bread soft and toasted. The air fryer circulates hot air around the food for maximum crispiness and great texture for leftovers! You could also throw in leftover nuggets or leftover French fries at the same time!

  • Preheat your air fryer to 350°F (175°C).
  • Remove the condiments and toppings, and disassemble the sandwich. Add the chicken and the buns to the air fryer basket in a single layer.
  • Air fry for 3-5 minutes, or until heated through and the chicken is crispy. Keep an eye out on the bread to avoid over toasting. You may need to flip the chicken every few minutes to ensure even cooking.
  • Reassemble the sandwich with desired condiments and toppings. Serve immediately for maximum deliciousness!

Expert Tip: For extra crispiness, lightly spray the sandwich with cooking spray before air frying.

Microwave Method (not recommended)

This method is the quickest method but doesn’t give you the best results, in my opinion. 

Expert Tip: No body likes buns with a rubbery texture! To prevent the bread from becoming too chewy, wrap the sandwich in a damp paper towel before microwaving.

  1. Place your Chick-fil-A sandwich on a microwave-safe plate.
  2. Microwave on high at short intervals, about 30-60 seconds, depending on the wattage of your microwave. You may need to flip the chicken breast half way through.
  3. Enjoy your hot and ready-to-eat Chick-fil-A sandwich!

Oven Method

Reheating your Chick-fil-A sandwich in the oven is a great option, especially if you’re reheating multiple sandwiches at once. These steps will also work with a toaster oven.

  1. Start by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C) to ensure it’s nice and hot when you’re ready to reheat your sandwich.
  2. Take your Chick-fil-A sandwich out of the refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature for about 30 minutes. Discard condiments and toppings.
  3. Wrap the sandwich in aluminum foil and place it directly on the middle rack. Let it heat for about 10-15 minutes, or until the sandwich is heated through.
  4. Carefully remove the sandwich from the oven and unwrap it from the foil. Check to make sure the chicken is heated through and the bread is warm and slightly crispy.
  5. Once your Chick-fil-A sandwich is hot and ready, serve it immediately and enjoy every delicious bite!

Alternatively, place the disassembled sandwich on a baking sheet and warm for about 10 minutes at 350°F.

Expert Tip: For an extra boost of flavor, add a slice of cheese to your the sandwich before reheating it in the oven.

Stovetop Method

For those who prefer the classic stovetop approach, this method is tried-and-true. 

  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat and place your Chick-fil-A sandwich in the skillet. Don’t forget to disassemble the sandwich first! I prefer to place the buns face down to retoast.
  2. Cover the skillet with a lid to trap the heat and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side until the sandwich is heated through and the bread is crispy.
  3. Once warmed to perfection, transfer your sandwich to a plate and dig in while it’s hot and delicious!

Expert Tip: Use a non-stick skillet or griddle to prevent sticking and ensure even heating.

More Reheating Tips:

  • Proper storage is key for quality results. A chick fil a sandwich is good for about 2-3 days max when stored in the refrigerator.
  • Do not reheat in the original packaging. Please remember that cardboard, plastic, and the sandwich foil do not need to be placed in any cooking appliance – especially the microwave! Use aluminum foil or parchment paper for the oven and air fryer, respectively.
  • For a crispy exterior, avoid overcrowding the air fryer or skillet when reheating leftover sandwiches.
  • If you’re worried about rubbery or chewy bread, toast a fresh hamburger bun!
  • Freshen Up the Toppings: After your sandwiches are reheated, top your hot sandwich with your favorite bbq sauce or chick fil a sauce packet. You can also add your favorite toppings, like fresh lettuce, sliced tomato, and pickles.
  • Don’t Overdo It: Be cautious not to overheat the sandwich, as it can cause the bread to become tough and the chicken to dry out.

What to serve with a Chick Fil A Sandwich

Pair your reheated Chick-fil-A sandwich with a side of waffle fries, coleslaw, or a refreshing fruit salad for a complete meal that hits all the right notes.

Or, make a batch of fresh fries and chicken nuggets in the air fryer. While they aren’t exactly a chick fil a copycat recipe, they are still tasty with that random sauce packet you have leftover.

fried chicken sandwich with coleslaw

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I reheat a Chick-fil-A sandwich in the oven?

While it’s possible, the microwave, air fryer, or stovetop methods are quicker and more convenient for reheating individual sandwiches.

How long can I store a Chick-fil-A sandwich in the refrigerator?

It’s best to consume your leftover Chick-fil-A sandwich within 2-3 days for optimal freshness and flavor.

Can I freeze a Chick-fil-A sandwich for later?

While it’s technically possible, freezing may affect the texture and taste of the sandwich. It’s best enjoyed fresh or reheated from the refrigerator.

How can I prevent my Chick-fil-A sandwich from getting soggy when reheating?

Avoid reheating the sandwich for too long, and opt for methods like the air fryer or stovetop to help maintain the crispiness of the bread.

Storing & Reheating

To store leftover Chick-fil-A sandwiches, allow them to cool completely before transferring them to an airtight container and refrigerating. When ready to reheat, simply follow one of the methods outlined above for a quick and delicious meal fast!

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